Clifford Chance has lost its head of corporate in the Czech Republic to Lovells' Prague office.
Miroslav Dubovsky joined Lovells as a partner two weeks ago. He is the only fully Czech-qualified partner in Lovells' Prague office. Although he headed the corporate and corporate finance group, Dubovsky was not made partner a at Clifford Chance. However, before working there, Dubovsky was a partner in the Prague office of the Alliance of European Lawyers (now Linklaters & Alliance). Many foreign firms in Central and Eastern Europe bring local lawyers into the partnership as 'local partners'. Often, these do not have a stake in the equity. Lovells Prague managing partner Tomas Bettelheim would not comment on what status Dubovsky has been afforded at Lovells. "We don't use the term 'local partner' here," he said. "Not for external purposes, anyway." Lovells' Prague office has always functioned as a two-partner outfit. Dubovsky has been appointed as the third partner to expand the office's corporate practice, said Bettelheim. Bettelheim has also appointed two corporate lawyers and one property lawyer in the last month.